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Eye of the Beholder (2000)

Ashley Judd , Ewan McGregor  |  R |  DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ashley Judd, Ewan McGregor
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CWPO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,804 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eye of the Beholder" on IMDb

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This problematic thriller boasts several inspired elements, especially intelligent, committed performances by leads Ewan McGregor and Ashley Judd, both of whom have become hot commodities. Fans should definitely investigate their incisive work here, even if McGregor and Judd's talents are ultimately cast into a lost cause.

Judd plays a black-widow serial murderer named Joanna, who is systematically seducing and killing men who, in one way or another, are outside the ordinary. (Among her victims is a blind mulimillionaire, played by Patrick Bergin, and a nasty loser portrayed, surprisingly, by Jason Priestley.) McGregor is on board as a British intelligence agent who happens to be following her. Referred to as "the Eye," McGregor's operative is a haunted man abandoned years before by his wife and daughter. His isolation is such that he holds imaginary conversations with the latter, and she advises him to take pity on Joanna and protect her even as she carries on with her monstrous mission.

That's precisely what he does, at a distance, ushering in comparisons to Hitchcock's classics about voyeurism and obsession, particularly Vertigo and Rear Window. (Allusions to Francis Coppola's The Conversation are unavoidable as well.) But despite the great material (the 1980 source novel by Marc Behm was highly praised by The New York Times) and a fascinating cast (including Geneviève Bujold and k.d. lang), Eye of the Beholder bogs down in Stephan Elliott's often thoughtless, obvious direction. Elliott (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) grinds down several members of the cast by insisting on dreary, one-note performances, and he makes a long movie seem even longer by telegraphing story twists and other developments long before they happen. Justice would be served if one could extract Judd and McGregor's appearances here and graft them onto a better movie, but so it goes. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

The Eye (Ewan McGregor) is an intelligence agent whose current assignment is to track Joanna Eris (Ashley Judd), a woman suspected of blackmailing a senior government official. But the Eye soon learns that Eris is far more than a blackmailer. She is a seductive, shadowy master of disguise who is a frenzied murderer whose rage is as fierce as her beauty. As he follows her, he becomes fascinated with what he sees. Soon his surveillance becomes a deadly obsession. The closer he gets, the more intense the danger becomes. To catch her would be to lose her, so the odyssey continues until they find themselves on a perilous crash course.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why this movie is still with me after five years September 23, 2005
Format:DVD
I saw this movie maybe five years ago. I have found myself thinking back on it at the oddest times and without apparent reason. It happened again to me today, and I decided to look on Amazon to see if there were any insightful reviews offering opinions as to why this movie still compels me. I was surprised to discover that praise for this movie is about as hard to find as WMD in Iraq.

In fact, if you rewrote the bad reviews by keeping all of their points intact, but changed the conclusions to read, "this is why I liked it", you'd be on the right track to finding the film's strengths. I say on the right track because what the film ultimately gives life to is something greater than its many parts. It yields a haunting and compelling image of loss, dissolution, madness, and glimpses of redemption that only highlight how far past saving these characters are. I think about this movie, and I remember the emotions, the mood of it, the way a smell from your childhood can bring long forgotten memories back.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie refutes its title March 4, 2002
Format:DVD
I love arty, convoluted films (Mulholland Drive, Memento, etc.) but this movie is just drek. I cannot comprehend how someone as talented and unimaginably beautiful as Ashley Judd deigned to be in this piece of ... whatever it is. It defies description. Even the prospect of seeing Ashley nude again hasn't led me to watch this a second time.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a bag of crap... July 21, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This had to be one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The worst part of this movie were the woefully undeveloped characters of McGregor and Judd. McGregor's character has some sick and strange obsession with Judd's serial killer. The man lost a daughter. So what? This does not explain the reason he follows Judd around during the entire movie. He protects her several times throughout the film but he also nearly Kills Her! Judd's black widow serial killer is never really explained well either. Was she sexually abused, did her mommy hit her and call her names? Any thing that could have explained her character's reasons for being who she was were left out. McGregor and Judd were not to blame for this. Their performances were the best they could have been for this trainwreck. The fault for this disaster lies with the director and writer who translated this story film. With a better director and writer this might have been a taut psychological thriller.
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52 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Two psychotics find a deeper psychosis June 17, 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This movie is so bad that I'm sure that someone will like it. A twelve-year-old's idea of an "art" film. Lots of cute effects and disconnected scenes, as one crazy stalks another for far too long. For me it just went from bad to horrid to utterly awful, finishing with an ending that plumbed the depths of pointlessness....
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless May 31, 2000
Format:DVD
This movie is probably the worst storyline I have ever seen. Ewan MacGregor follows Ashley Judd around for months, spying on her & supposedly keeping her safe from harm. He looks into her background - finds out she was abandoned as a child by her father, feels empathy for her - because his wife took off with his daughter. A daughter he imagines seeing throughout the entire movie. There is no real plot, other thank that and the ending is pathetic. "I wish you love", indeed! Do not waste your money or time on this movie.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip it January 2, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
First, let me say I'm a Ewan McGregor fan and it pains me to find fault with any of his films, but this one is a stinker. To those who feel you must be intelligent to appreciate this film I say: I have a law degree and I couldn't begin to tell you what this movie is about. Furthermore, anything you have to watch 4 times to understand is not a good movie and certainly doesn't deserve an Oscar much less your valuable time. A good director will not make it so painfully hard for anyone to try and figure out what they just spent two hours watching. I like intrigue and suspense as much as the next person, and I even like endings that are open to interpretation. This movie, however, is not satisfying in the least. It was slow, choppy, lacking in any attachment to the two lead characters and a basic waste of time. My advice is to skip it and find a movie with a real story.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie for the year 1999/2000 June 5, 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The only thing more tortureous would be to watch 2 hours of baby seals being clubbed to death.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ASHLEY JUDD PLAYING THE DEVIL? April 6, 2003
Format:DVD
Gee, I just had an awful thought. What if I had just landed on a spaceship from Mars, and I saw EYE OF THE BEHOLDER as my introduction to movies? Then suppose someone were to ask me what movie star I like best. I would have no answer to give exept K.D Lang! In this movie movie she keeps it all together while trapped in a twilight zone in which the world might as well be one big institution for the criminally insane, for all her contact with it goes. Yes, a movie that can make K.D. Lang look good compared to the rest of the cast is quite an accomplishment. Still, it is a losing battle. Despite her touch of sanity, sitting through EYE OF THE BEHOLDER is qutie an accomplishment too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very thought provoking, sad and worth seeing
One of the strangest, yet mesmorizing movies I have watched. I found an old DVD of it and bought it at a flea market. Read more
Published 1 month ago by seabrooklady
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome company
Hello there,
I just wanted to let you know that my DVD arrived "Eye of the beholder",Thank you so much for your efforts to get this sent to me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carolyn R. Fortney
5.0 out of 5 stars Gutsy and Creative Movie
I first saw this movie years ago and it remains one of my favorites. I just purchased it for the second time from Amazon. Read more
Published 4 months ago by GaryDallas
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Ashley Judd made some very good movies... why she stopped leaves me both sad and confused. She was on a roll there for a while. I think like most of her films they appeal to women.
Published 6 months ago by Raven
3.0 out of 5 stars Eye of The Beholder
I was disappointed - found it very hard to follow, would not recommend it. I watched it as the choice of genre, but also because of
kd lang's appearance. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anne L. Wing
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I watched this years ago and was thrilled to find it on here because I couldn't remember the title and Amazon is so great at being able to look things up I found it. Great flick!
Published 17 months ago by S. Hamlin
2.0 out of 5 stars BUMMER
I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND IT THAT WELL. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE DON'T REALLY LIFE THAT KIND OF MOVIE
Published 18 months ago by HELEN. CARTER
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the film
Holywood produces too many formula-type plot movies that are covered over with excessive action to hide the same-old situations. Eye of the Beholder is not one of these movies. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Joseph F. Keeney
2.0 out of 5 stars No Sorry, Better Movies Out There
I just wasn't a big fan of this movie. During there was some interesting action and I was always wondering if she really was killing all these people or was it part of his... Read more
Published on December 10, 2011 by M. Clifford
4.0 out of 5 stars well I liked it
Of course I like Ashley Judd, and it was a good plot, well acted, good location shots- . An interesting pshological movie/ Better than most movies/ I do watch a lot of old... Read more
Published on September 16, 2011 by Live to Ride
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